Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Winter Park Rendezvous

Oh - good grief! Blogger is really frustrating. I have collected so many great real estate photos of Winter Park and I am unable to get them in order because of this ridiculous program! I'll try to make sense of it all...
I spent the last week with my mom. We ended the visit in the Orlando area as my step-dad had a meeting in Orlando and I ended up travelling there to spend more time with her while he was in his meeting. We spent the day in lovely Winter Park. Winter Park is located north of Orlando, just east of I-4.
Winter Park was founded as a resort destination by wealthy New England industrialists before the turn of the 20th century. It really has a small town feel even though it is right on the edge of Orlando. The population is about 28,000. There is more park space per capita here than any other city in Florida.
The shops of Olde Winter Park...
Winter Park is built around a chain of lakes that are connected by narrow canals. The lakes are only 10 to 15 feet deep - perfect for sculling and water skiing. Many of the streets are brick and lined with huge Live Oak trees draped in Spanish Moss. Winter Park is the home of Rollins College - a small, liberal arts, private, college with a very high price tag. Winter Park is also the home of the world's largest collection of Tiffany glass housed at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.



If you ever get to this area, you MUST take a boat tour. The tour guides were knowledgeable and the tour afforded us a great view of the gorgeous homes in this area. We took a tour and travelled from lake to lake through the narrow canals. It was really neat!


Boat houses like this one were behind most of the homes. It looked so peaceful!


OK, this is where Blogger really messed me up! I would have liked to grouped the interior photos with the exterior photos of each home, but Blogger won't let me move the photos for some reason! Ughhhhh...
Many of the homes are historic, built in the 1920s and 1930s. I like this Spanish style living room...

A few kitchens...

A beautiful new bathroom...I love the tile work in the shower.

I like the mix of light mouldings and window casings with the dark stained doors.

This Charleston style home is listed as a short sale at $1,299,000. I love this style. I like the dark pool and all the brickwork.
This house photo was supposed to be grouped with the bathroom photo above. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

Interior...
This home has so many built in bookshelves, etc. Love it!















One of the rare contemporary style homes...



Bonus - Casey Affleck owns a home in Winter Park! I loved him in The Assassignation of Jesse James.

If anyone can suggest a better way to blog, please let me know. I am so tired of fighting with Blogger. There has to be an easier way...

All photos are from RealEstate.com and Google Images.

3 comments:

nicolette said...

Had you not say anything, I would not have noticed. The grouping looks fine, and the interior is very well designed.

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ooooh love winter parK!

Isaw the chair at Habitat...and recieved a call on my cell phone so was sitting on it...looking at it as I was talking. Then a man came up and asked if I was planning on buying it (I was taking the tag off to bring it up) Turns out his wife saw it earlier and asked hime to meet there to look at it after work (they were buying something else too). So I told him they could have it...since she saw it earlier. Long story short. They cmae over to tell me they changed their mind...so I figured I better get it!

For your blog... go to windows live writer...sign up then load your posts from there. SOOO much easier, and you can make the pics big and load pics as you write. Try it...you'll love it!

anita said...

i live north of orlando, been to winter park many many times. you did a lovely job featuring it ..w.p. is old money..between the college life and the allowance of franchise shops in downtown, they seem to thrive when others dont! winter park was one of my teen years stomping grounds...